Food Science and Biotechnology
→ Food Science and Biotechnology 2020 ; 29(4): 531-537
Mealworm larvae (Tenebrio molitor L.) exuviae as a novel prebiotic material for BALB/c mouse gut microbiota
Gyoo Taik Kwon1 • Hyun-Gyun Yuk2 • Su Jung Lee1 • Yi Hyung Chung3 • Han Su Jang3 • Jong-Sang Yoo4 • Kyung-Hoon Cho4 • Hyunseok Kong5 • Daekeun Shin1
1 Berry and Biofood Research Institute, Gochang, Republic of Korea 2 Department of Food Science and Technology, Korea National University of Transportation, Jeungpyeong-gun, Chungbuk, Republic of Korea 3 Jeonbuk Institute for Food-Bioindustry, Jeonju, Republic of Korea 4 Daehan Feed Co., Ltd., Incheon, Republic of Korea 5 Department of Animal Biotechnology and Resource, Sahmyook University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of yellow mealworm (Tenebrio molitor L.) exuviae (ME) given as a prebiotic in 20% of the diet fed to BALB/c mice. Analysis of the ME revealed that it was mostly composed of crude protein (52.94%), crude fiber (10.70%), and moisture (10.54%). When ME was fed to mice for 8 weeks, the number of intestinal lactic acid bacteria increased, reaching similar numbers (4.50 ± 0.80 CFU/mL) to those (4.70 ± 0.80 CFU/mL) of the control group not fed ME. Microbiome analysis showed that 8 weeks feeding of ME promoted the growth of Bifidobacteriaceae and Lactobacillaceae compared to the POS group, indicating the positive effects of feeding 20% ME on the intestinal microbiota of mice. These results suggest that ME can be considered as a dietary prebiotics to improve human gut microbial population, but further application study to human is necessary.
Mealworm · Exuviae · Microbiome · Lactic acid bacteria · Bifidobacteriaceae
Food Science and Biotechnology 2020 ; 29(4): 531-537